Ewan McGregor wants 'novel' film roles

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Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor play a father and son duo coming to terms with who they really are at a late point in life. Plummer plays Hal, the father of Oliver (McGregor), who at 75 years of age comes out of the closet and announces that he has terminal cancer. His son, understandably shocked, seeks to relieve his confusion and sadness while at the same time realizing that this new honesty has brought him closer to his dad than he'd ever imagined.
January 17th, 2012

Ewan McGregor approaches film scripts as if they were a "great novel".

The 'Beginners' actor believes the script is the most important part when choosing a film role, and likes to have a connection with a part before he will accept it.

He said: "The most important thing is the script. The story. That has to come above and beyond any other factor when I decide to make a film, because I have to be connected to it.

"When you're reading a great novel and you don't want the book to end, I want that feeling when I read the script. And I want to see myself in the character that I am reading for, by the time I get to the end of the script."

The Scottish star particularly loves his job because he gets to go inside the heads of people who are all "different".

He added: "That's what I love about it. You get this opportunity to dip into different people's lives, and each film's set has a different atmosphere and different heart. So they are all different, and I love that about it."